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One summer : America, 1927, Bill Bryson

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One summer : America, 1927
Title
One summer
Title remainder
America, 1927
Statement of responsibility
Bill Bryson
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin Shipwreck Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days--a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true talking picture, Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.91
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E791
LC item number
.B79 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
One summer : America, 1927, Bill Bryson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-480) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2013016041
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25 cm
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Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
509 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780767919418
Lccn
2013016041
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(Sirsi) a2103575

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